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This was posted on the PC Gamer site.Original Article HERETHQ core games boss Danny Bilson has told Eurogamer that development on Dawn of War 3 is well underway at Relic. Eurogamer understand that the third game in the series will take elements from the first and second games and “add something new.” Bilson previously told EG that Dawn of War 3 will “have a much larger strategic component to it, more of a global battle going on with little tactical things, sort of MMO-like.” Bilson gave a rough estimate for a release date, too, saying the game will likely ship sometime between August 2012 and February 2013. Yesterday, Bilson teased a big new Relic RTS announcement for this year’s Gamescom. “This one’s built to announce at that place,” he said. “I feel like an ass saying it’s fantastic, but it is. And we’re going to do something with it you haven’t seen before.”
Bilson originally said that Dawn of War 3 might end up being “a more digital free-to-play experience,” depending on the success of Company of Heroes Online. CoHO closed down earlier this year, suggesting the new Dawn of War game won’t be free to play, but we could still see features cross over from Relic’s Company of Heroes experiment.
CoHO featured persistent hero units that could be levelled up between multiplayer encounters, unlocking new battlefield abilities in the process. The game also featured a player avatar that could be upgraded to unlock powerful, limited use battlefield abilities like air-strikes. It will be interesting to see if Relic bring any of these multiplayer RPG elements into Dawn of War 3′s multiplayer mode to make it a more “MMO-like” experience.
Relic might also be looking closely at the success of the Last Stand mode, which replaces Dawn of War’s armies with a single hero. Last Stand was released as a standalone game on Steam earlier this year.
Either way, another Dawn of War game is cause for excitement. We’ll know more when the reveal happens at Gamescom in August.
they need to beef up DOW 2 with the rest of the races first...and/or release it on console like battlemarch
Dawn of War on the XBOX360 and PS3, that would be immense. Controls would need to be simplified as battlemarch on XBOX360 was a nightmare button wise. I nearly dislocated fingers playing it.
i dont know, i always had the controll layout for battlemarch set to basic...anyway, if they made it like command and conquer it should be ok...if only it were happening. unfortunatley my pc is unable to run DOW2 and i cant afford/be bothered to buy a better one as i dont use it enough to warant it, so im stuck playing soulstorm...
just to clarify for those people who may misread this DOW is NOT coming out on console as of yet and probably never will
they need to add DE to DOW 2 now they have had the shiny new overhaull.
tier 1 -Wyches, Kabalites, Wracks, Raider/Venom
tier 2 -Bloodbrides, Trueborn, Grotesques, Scourges
tier 3 -Mandrakes, Incubi, Talos, Ravager
i think thats how DOW 2 armies work...
About right. Though Wyches to Hekatrix Bloodbrides and Kabalite Warriors to Kabalite Trueborn would be unit upgrades not a tier upgrade. Mandrakes and Jetbikes would be tier 2. Ravager, Talos, Chronus and Razorwing would be tier 3.
At the end of Retribution (the Eldar ending at least) it was implied that a Necron Tomb Fleet was rising somewhere...my guess is they'll be a more likley new race than DE. Then again, the SM ending is probably going to be the one that's cannon (I can't imagine Relic just letting Eliphas destroy the entire Sub-Sector or Hive Fleet Leviathan devour it) so I expect that the new race (if they add one) will be Tau or something like that since they're a more 'obvious' foe for the Blood Ravens to fight. If the system is still recovering then the Dark Eldar wouldn't really have that much to draw them there, apart from a few slaves which they could probably get from some abundant Agri-World with less trouble.
"Take their gold, burn their homes, kill their familes and enslave their souls. Show them no mercy...oh and could you post these letters while you're out?"
-Malekith, Witch King of Naggaroth.
To be honest thats as good a reason as any as the DE will jump at the chance to get a hold of even a few souls with great ease.
Agreed,but does dawn 2 need a new expansion?Admitedly,Chaos rising was the best of the three and had the best mechanics.
Anyway, consoles are not capable of accomodating RTS games(though dawn 2 is not one)and they suffer from controll problems hence they dont release of such games for consoles or they produce modified versions of them.
Back on topiceems like they will change the playstyle again.Dawn 2was great but the first till dark crusade was best(had they taken the time to readress some issues that is)hope they dont hybridize the gameplay further,and return it to its roots.
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I really hope it plays a bit more like the original. While i loved the leveling up and equipment swapping of the second games campaign mode, i did not enjoy multiplayer/skirmish at all. With such low unit counts and no ability to defend nodes with base building, it just seemed like you were constantly running back and forth between Strategic locations until you built up enough to take down the base. I felt like a chicken without a head.
Some kind of combination of the 2 is probably more likely. They don't seem to want to let go of the Company of Heroes type of "RTS" (i use that term lightly) so its the best i can hope for.
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I was far fonder of DoWII's campaign mode (and Last Stand, though I'm on the fence about the changes in Retribution) than the multiplayer in DoWII or the... all of it, in the original (+ expansions). Even with the control point mechanic, it was just another RTS, not enough to even convince me to buy it (I played it at a friend's, the originals that is, bought 2), and certainly wouldn't be enough to drag me away from Supreme Commander (and Total Annihilation, as well as Close Combat) as the pinnacles of my RTS experiences.
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